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Marc Chagall: David and Bathsheba, Bible 1956, Original Lithograph

Marc Chagall: David and Bathsheba, Two Lovers, 1956, Original Lithograph Verve Bible - Limited edition prints
The most sought-after lithograph for Chagall's Verve book "La Bible" (Mourlot 132)
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Marc Chagall: David and Bathsheba, Bible 1956, Original Lithograph
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Marc Chagall: David and Bathsheba, Two Lovers, 1956, Lithograph Verve Bible, reverse side - Original Prints
Marc Chagall: David and Bathsheba, Two Lovers, 1956, Original Lithograph Verve Bible - Limited edition prints


"David and Bathsheba" (The Kings)

Apart from his themes of prophets, angels and the story of Moses, in his first bible cycle, Chagall also addressed the theme of kings. The by far most popular and most loved lithograph from the two bible cycles shows the faces of two lovers, David and Bathsheba, blended into one face – an allegory for the two sides dwelling in everything: The hard and the soft, the good and the bad, the masculine and the feminine side.
David’s prominently drawn, bicoloured hand also catches the beholder’s eye: It softly plays the harp, but also rose against Goliath and even against God. Two friendly angels (one of them on the left-hand side of the picture seems to be caressing David’s face) signal: God is benevolent towards David, despite all misconduct.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 132)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 135)
This is N O T a mass-produced reprint (photomechanical reproduction such as offset lithographs or giclée prints) but the original lithograph from Chagall's Bible I, exactly as referenced in Mourlot's catalogue raisonné.
Year: 1956
Sizes: 35 x 26 cm - 14 x 10 ¼ in. (sheet)
Edition / Paper: One of 6500 unsigned impressions for the book edition on strong velin paper. In addition, 75 pencil-signed and numbered impressions on Arches wove paper were published.
Published by: Éditions de la Revue Verve, Tériade, Paris
Printed by: Atelier Mourlot, Paris
Remarks: Biblical reference: 2. Sam 11, 1-12, 24

In 1956, the French art critic and publisher Tériade brought out a special issue of the legendary art magazine Verve, which was exclusively devoted to one of Marc Chagalls major themes: The Bible. For this outstanding issue, Chagall composed 18 full-page colour lithographs and 12 in black and white. For his "Bible I" Marc Chagall focused on characters from the Old Testament such as the Founding Fathers, the Kings, the Prophets and Angels. Four years later, in 1960, the follow-up issue "Illustrations for The Bible" was published, with another 24 gorgeous color lithographs. Since then, vast numbers of reproductions were put in circulation which are anything but original(!) lithographs.*

Documentation / References: Cain, Julien, and Mourlot, Fernand. Chagall Lithograph [I], André Sauret, Monte Carlo 1960, pages 149 to 160, numbers 132 and 135

Your print is being delivered with an abstract from the a.m. catalogues raisonné (partially in German). In addition, you'll receive a proof of identity (without selling price) in case this print is intended as a present. 
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In very good condition, an excellent impression from the archives. Frame not included in delivery.

*Note: Lithographs are not automatically original lithographs! Frequently, they are photo-mechanical reproductions of originals, so-called art prints. The danger of falling for one of the numerous reproductions or prints with forged signatures, increases according to the level of popularity of the artist. Read more

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